Paul Ryan will not end abortion, but North Dakota might

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How does one get from Ayn Rand to the Catholic Church overnight? It makes no sense. They are antithetical. And it might be time for conservatives to face up to the realities on abortion. Most right-thinking conservatives oppose abortion until the moment a girlfriend is unexpectedly six weeks along and suddenly feeling nauseous.

I went to a Catholic high school in the early 1960s when sex with the girls from the Irish neighborhood was nearly impossible. Nevertheless, each year at graduation two girls from Sacred Heart would be with child and would dutifully marry one of us. Fifteen years after Roe v. Wade I worked at a well-known Southern university honored for its conservative Southern Baptist tradition. In almost 10 years, I never saw a pregnant girl.

The Republicans will never stop abortion. What Ryan and Santorum and the barnstorming rural preacher woman Michele Bachmann will do is to advance a kind of righteous willfulness that dominates the mind and releases some sort of euphoric dopamine sensation, bringing a sense of moral superiority in the failure of the Lost Cause. It has now become chronic condition.

But North Dakota might end abortion. As the Huffington Post reports, North Dakota abortion ban has just been signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R). And this brings not the feel-good of failure conservatives have become so accustomed to, but the possibility of actual victory.

Other like-minded states might join in. And the question that could determine America’s fate is whether the biggest, bravest and most influential of conservative states, Rick Perry’s Texas, will follow. That is, will Texas join with North Dakota or New York and Washington, D.C.?

It is key to America’s fate, because abortion means more than gun rights (everybody already has one) gay marriage (“live free or die”) or other “hot” issues. Abortion is more than “hot.” It runs very to the core of human existence and possibly beyond. It brings casus belli.